Wednesday, October 29, 2014

NATIONALLY OR INTERNATIONALLY FAMOUS PERSONS WHOM I HAVE SPOKEN WITH IN PERSON INCLUDE:


----Jimmy Evert, the kind-hearted father of Chris Evert, herself a widely-admired and world-famous female American tennis champion. Mr. Evert greeted me with a smile on his face on several separate occasions in the summer of 1979 from his position behind the counter where I was among those customers at Holiday Park who each paid for the opportunity to play clay-court tennis at the first-rate clay-court City of Fort Lauderdale-owned Holiday Park tennis center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

----Claudette Evert, the polite mother of Chris Evert, with Mrs. Claudette Evert stating to me at least twice on her own initiative in 1979 during separate visits of mine to the Holiday Park public tennis center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, that "The Miami Herald is a good newspaper" (exact quote).

----Billie Jean King, a female former American tennis champion, this during a brief conversation I had with Ms. King in 1989 at a clay court professional women's tennis tournament in the Houston area of Texas. "Freedom of choice!" Billie Jean King repeatedly and emphatically stated to me, with herself thereby defending to me in person the involvement of professional women's tennis during that time period with a tobacco company, Virginia Slims, that at that time was an official sponsor of numerous women's professional tennis tournaments in the United States. Ms. King emphasized to me repeatedly during my brief conversation with her that Americans who associated professional women's tennis with the Virginia Slims tobacco company still had the freedom to decide for themselves whether they would ever smoke any tobacco cigarette at any time, Ms. King indicated. The cited official relationship with Virginia Slims by professional women's tennis has since been terminated.

----Francoise Durr, a female professional tennis player from France, who kindly and politely herself referred to a women's professional tennis tournament in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, during a brief in-person conversation I had with her in 1989 at the country club in the Houston area where Ms. Durr and Billie Jean King were among the outstanding female former professional tennis players being honored at that time.

---Andy Roddick, a professional men's tennis champion from the United States and, like me, a native of Nebraska who also resides in the Austin area of Texas. I met Andy Roddick in person several years ago this 21st Century during a ceremony I attended inside a golf and tennis store in northwest Austin in which Andy Roddick handed out signed photographs of himself to myself and numerous other tennis fans. I was very surprised to note that Andy Roddick in person looked very different, and much more handsome, than the television image of him from professional tennis matches of his I had viewed on a television set inside my rental apartment unit in Austin. "I've already signed it," Mr. Roddick succinctly commented to me in person, with himself offering me a warm smile after I asked him to please inscribe the photograph that one of his associates had handed me as a present.

----Russell Baker, the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times oped columnist who met me in person at his home in Nantucket Island off the coast of Massachusetts in 1986. Mr. Baker very kindly gave me a brief tour of Nantucket Island, with himself volunteering to me that he especially admired examples of Greek Revival architecture at Nantucket. "Got a family?" (exact quote) Mr. Baker asked me toward the end of my outing with himself.

---Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, who during a brief one-to-one outdoor conversation I had with him one day in 1984 answered a polite question from me about what he admires the most about Worcester, Massachusetts. I spoke with and met Mr. Dukakis for the first time ever that day in my capacity as a full-time reporter for "Worcester Magazine". Governor Dukakis spoke with me outdoors after emerging from a helicopter that had just landed in Central Massachusetts. Governor Dukakis was and is the ONLY governor of any U.S. state whom I myself ever spoke with in person on at least one occasion, with the possible exception of one possible former or then-governor of the U.S. state of Minnesota.

----Texas Attorney General Dan Morales, who in the early 1990s politely spoke with me and answered public-policy-related questions from me after a speech Mr. Morales gave at a public event I attended as a newspaper reporter in either West Texas or the Panhandle region of Texas. Attorney General Morales was the ONLY attorney general of ANY U.S. state whom I myself ever met in person, from what I can recall.

----Sarah Weddington, the Austin-based private attorney who won the landmark "Roe Versus Wade" Supreme Court case resulting in liberalization of government policies toward abortions. Ms. Weddington rode in an automobile with me and my mother, Phyllis McMillan, in Austin on one total occasion in the 1960s or early 1970s. Ms. Weddington had been asked by my mother to give a speech inside the First Unitarian Church of Austin, a Unitarian Universalist Association-affiliated church in which my mother was an adult member. I am sure that Ms. Weddington made a brief friendly comment to me from the front passenger side seat of the car or as she entered the car. I myself rode in the back seat of the car as Mother drove. The Unitarian church to which Mother drove myself and Ms. Weddington that Sunday morning was situated along Grover Avenue in central Austin. Ms. Weddington was a featured speaker at that church that day.

----Madalyn Murray O'Hair, the famous atheist leader, spoke with me several times during the multi-week period in which I held a full-time proofreading job in 1988 inside her American Atheist Press office in north Austin. My tenure as an employee of Ms. O'Hair ended abruptly a matter of minutes after I heard her shouting from her own office area inside that workplace along Cameron Road in Austin, Texas: "I (Dr. Madalyn Murray O'Hair) CAN'T HANDLE THESE VOICES (exact quote)! GET HIM OUT OF HERE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!" (exact or near-exact quote).
Shortly after that outburst from Dr. O'Hair, Ms. Robyn Murray O'Hair, my immediate work supervisor, called me into her own office and dismissed me from my job there that same day. Robyn Murray O'Hair stated to me that a telephone call I made during a work break of mine at my own work station to the Travis County Lawyer Referral Service in Austin, a phone call in which I had politely requested an attorney relating to alleged violations of my own privacy rights in Austin, was completely unacceptable to my American Atheist Association employer, Ms. Robyn Murray O'Hair stated to me. I myself am NOT an atheist. I had applied for the proofreading job at that workplace only after my 1988 application for employment at the "Austin (TX) American-Statesman" as a copy-editor there did not result in my getting hired by that Cox Newspapers-owned publication.

---Berke Breathed, a cartoonist coworker of mine at "The Daily Texan" student newspaper on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, habitually greeted me in a polite and respectful and gentlemanly manner whenever I entered the "Daily Texan" newsroom in the late 1970s to myself begin a workshift there as a part-time UT-Austin Administration-beat reporter. I appreciated the manner in which Berke consistently conveyed a hospitable and respectful welcome to myself inside that Texas Student Publications-owned workplace in the basement of a journalism building at UT-Austin. Berke Breathed later became a famous professional cartoonist residing in Colorado. I myself have not spoken with Berke, whether on the telephone or in person, on any occasion since the late 1970s.

---James Lileks, a colleague of mine at "The Minnesota Daily" and humor columnist for that student newspaper on the campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, did share one lunch outing with me one day in 1984 or 1983. During that two-person meal we had together inside a restaurant near or in the campus-area district known as "Dinkytown", James Lileks advised me to myself pursue a full-time career as a journalism instructor. 'You (John Kevin McMillan) lack the capacity for fictional narration (exact phrasing), but you would make a good journalism instructor," James Lileks stated (approximate quote) to me over lunch in Minneapolis in 1983 or 1984. James Lileks later became a famous professional newspaper columnist, and I have not spoken with him or heard from him on any occasion since 1984.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Noteworthy Statements That Other Persons Made to Me In the Period Since the 1980s


---"I (Phyllis Gardner McMillan) wouldn't want to be in your shoes for anything!" (exact verbatim quote)-- Mrs. Phyllis Gardner McMillan, my biological mother and herself a native of the Iowa City area of Iowa, during a 1986 long-distance phone call I made to Mother's and Father's home in Westlake Hills, Texas, from the city where I was residing at that time, Quincy, Massachusetts.

----"The female reporter whom you are replacing in the regional coverage beat for 'The Big Spring Herald' daily newspaper here in Big Spring, Texas, had to flee from her apartment unit in Big Spring after it turned into a flophouse (sic) because so many young men here in the Big Spring area attempted to force themselves on her and have sex with her during her leisuretime. She ended up moving into the local Humane Society Animal Shelter here, where I myself (Karen McCarthy) reside and serve as the on-site manager. That was how that female reporter you are replacing at the 'Herald' finally found a safe place in which to live while working here" (approximate quote, with 'flophouse' being an exact quote). -- Karen McCarthy, an editor at "The Big Spring Herald", in a very surprising disclosure she made to me in the fall of 1989 shortly after I began reporting full-time as a regional-beat reporter for the general-circulation "Big Spring Herald" daily newspaper in west Texas. I later learned, much to my surprise, that the "Big Spring Herald" was owned by a for-profit media corporation headquartered in Canada--a foreign nation that I myself have never visited. The same "Herald" editor, Karen McCarthy, volunteered to me during my tenure at the "Herald" that "one of my (Karen McCarthy's) own leading fantasies is to myself (Karen McCarthy) retire to New Mexico and live on a ranch there while raising lots of dogs and horses on my ranch."

---"I (attorney Drew Mouton of Big Spring, Texas) recommend that you (John Kevin McMillan of Big Spring, Texas) go down to the Big Spring Police Department headquarters and file an official crime report with them in which you provide them with some of the tangible crime evidence you have obtained of alleged illegal intruders inside your locked duplex apartment unit in Big Spring where you mention that you (John Kevin McMillan) always sleep alone on your bed and you (John Kevin McMillan) live alone in your apartment unit" (approximate quote). --- Private Attorney Drew Mouton, whose law office is situated in Big Spring, Texas, during an in-person spring of 1990 legal consultation I had with Mr. Mouton inside his private law office. In my visit to the Big Spring Police Department a matter of hours later, I showed police there very unusual scars on my own groin area and buttocks that police there photographed for me inside that police station. I myself definitely had NOT put any of those scars on my own body, I politely explained to Big Spring Police at their main police station in Big Spring, Texas. I also provided to Big Spring Police during my one visit to their headquarters in downtown Big Spring, Texas, one day in the spring of 1990 an envelope full of alleged curly pubic hairs not matching my own pubic hairs---including alleged red pubic hairs and alleged blond pubic hairs dramatically different in color and texture from my own dark brown curly pubic hairs---that I had myself discovered on my bed on numerous occasions immediately after I woke up in the morning inside my locked apartment unit in downtown Big Spring, Texas. I had then diligently placed that alleged crime evidence of illegal intruders in my bedroom into my designated crime-evidence curly-pubic hairs envelope.

----"I (Mrs. Phyllis Gardner McMillan of Westlake Hills, Texas) already know how this is going to turn out, so I am not worried about it." --- Mrs. Phyllis Gardner (Delores) McMillan, my biological mother and herself a native of Iowa, in an early 1990 oral statement that Mother made to me on the telephone in early 1990 or possibly the spring of 1990 during a long-distance phone call I made from my duplex rental apartment unit in Big Spring, Texas, to Mother's and Father's home they owned where they resided in Westlake Hills, Texas.

----"You've (John Kevin McMillan) had a rich and full life, John." --- Mrs. Phyllis Gardner (Delores) McMillan, my biological mother, during a long-distance phone call I made in 1986 from Quincy, Mass., to Mother's and Father's home in Westlake Hills, Texas.

----"You boys (sic) can work it out." -- Mrs. Phyllis McMillan of Austin, Texas, during a long-distance phone call I made in 1993 or 1994 from my rental apartment unit in Pampa, Texas, to Mother's and Father's home in Westlake Hills, Texas.

----"I (Julie McMillan or Mrs. Julie McMillan Lechtenberger of Texas) do not have anything to do with it." --- a comment that my biological younger sister made to me on her own initiative on at least two separate occasions, including inside our biological parents' home in Westlake Hills, Texas, in the late 1980s or early 1990s.

----"Anything you (John Kevin McMillan of Sweetwater, Texas) need to know, you talk to Kent (McMillan)!" -- Mrs. Julie McMillan Lechtenberger, during a 1990 or 1991 long-distance phone call I had made at my own financial expense from my rental apartment unit in Sweetwater, Texas, to my biological sister's and her attorney husband's home in Houston, Texas.

----"I hope you (John Kevin McMillan) don't think that I (Mark Williamson of the Twin Cities of Minnesota) have anything to do with it" (exact quote). -- Mark Williamson, in an oral statement that Mark Williamson, a business-law attorney and personal friend of mine, volunteered to me on the telephone in 1990 or 1991, during a long-distance phone call I had made at my own expense to his and his wife's home in the Minneapolis area from my rental apartment unit in Sweetwater, Texas, where I was living alone in my apartment unit that I kept locked and fully secured at all times.

----"This thing is going to court! (exact quote)" --- Mark Williamson, an attorney friend of mine, during a 1988 long-distance phone call I made to his and his wife's home in the Minneapolis area of Minnesota from my rental duplex apartment unit in El Campo, Texas. Also in that same 1988 long-distance phone conversation, Mark Williamson stated to me that "Privacy rights (will be the legal issue in that court hearing)!"

----"Your complaint to the Attorney General of Minnesota indicates that the Austin (TX) Police Department may be harassing you. Our state agency in Minnesota does not have any jurisdiction over the area where you reside in Texas. You will need to contact a private attorney for legal representation on that." --- a surprisingly worded legal E-mail reply letter (approximate quote) I received from the Attorney General of Minnesota in the last several years. I had not directly stated in my own legal complaint to that State Government of Minnesota public law office that at that time I was myself formally alleging any "harassment" of myself by ANY member or members of the Austin Police Department of the City Government of Austin in Austin, Texas.

----"The author of 'Trout Fishing In America' committed suicide (sic)."---Mark Williamson, then a law-school student at Columbia University in New York City, New York, in a surprising unsolicited 1985 or 1984 disclosure he made to me in person with a grim look on his face about the male author of the best-selling novel "Trout Fishing In America," this during a friendly invited visit I had myself made to Mark Williamson's and several other Columbia Law School students' apartment unit, which was situated on or near the campus of Columbia University.

----"You (John Kevin McMillan of Boston, Mass.) are not suicidal, are you?" -- a surprising and very unexpected question posed to me in person by professional psychologist Steve Cadwell, a psychotherapist in Boston, Massachusetts, during a one-to-one counseling session I had with that State of Massachusetts-licensed mental health professional inside his office near Copley Square in Boston, on my own initiative in 1985 or 1986. I of course replied to Mr. Cadwell's surprising question by accurately stating, as is very true today as well, that I myself am very definitely NOT SUICIDAL.

----"It would be impossible to say whether you (John Kevin McMillan) are paranoid, under THESE circumstances" (approximate quote). --- Boston-based psychologist Steve Cadwell, during a 1985 or 1986 one-to-one counseling session I had with him as a client of his inside his counseling office in central Boston.

-----"I (Kent Neal McMillan of Austin, Texas) would never call you (John Kevin McMillan) paranoid, based on your reactions to the manipulative circumstances you are facing these days" (approximate quote). -- Kent Neal McMillan, my oldest biological brother, during a 1990 or 1991 long-distance phone call I made to Kent from my rental apartment unit in Sweetwater, Texas.

----"At least it didn't destroy you (John Kevin McMillan)." --- Julie McMillan, my biological younger sister, in a surprising unsolicited comment that Julie chose to make to me on her own initiative as we rode together in the same automobile near the boundary of Rollingwood, Texas, and Austin, Texas, in 1986.

--"It seems destructive!" -- Mrs. Janet Rosenbloom, a personal friend of mine and former work supervisor of mine at "The Journal" daily newspaper in New Ulm, Minnesota, volunteered that emphatic observation about my own living conditions in Sweetwater, Texas, during a long-distance phone call I had made at my own financial expense in 1990 or 1991 to Janet's and her husband Noah Rosenbloom's home in New Ulm from my rental apartment unit in Sweetwater, Texas.

----"You (John Kevin McMillan of Texas) are still alive (exact quote). Do you have any evidence that...(he) seeks to harm you?" -- Roland Klose, a former roommate of mine at Washington University in St. Louis, during a 1992 or 1991 long-distance phone call I made to his and his wife's home in Tennessee from a city of residence and newspaper-reporting employment for me in south Texas.

----"None of the newspaper reporters who have made phone calls to me (Roland Klose) to pose questions to me about you (John Kevin McMillan) have made any comment to me of any type about your mental health" (approximate quote). --- Roland Klose, a former roommate of mine at Washington University in St. Louis, during a long-distance phone call I made from Kermit, Texas, a city in West Texas where I resided at that time, to Roland Klose's and his wife's home in Memphis, Tennessee. >br/>
---"Texas is one state that I (Mrs. Janet Rosenbloom of Minnesota) would NEVER want to visit, based on what I have learned about Texas." -- Mrs. Janet Rosenbloom, a former work supervisor of mine at "The Journal" daily newspaper in New Ulm, Minnesota, and a personal friend of mine, during a long-distance phone call I made to Janet and her kindly husband's home in New Ulm from my rental apartment unit at Wind River Crossing Apartments in northwest Austin.

----"I myself (Dr. Michael McMillan, your older biological brother) very much dislike Austin, Texas, and I also hate Texas! I have no plans to ever again visit Austin or Texas (approximate quote)! I (Dr. Michael McMillan) have even canceled my subscription to 'The Austin Chronicle', since I have lost interest in the Austin scene!" --- Dr. Michael McMillan, my biological older brother, during a long-distance phone call I made at my own expense to Michael's home in Los Angeles County, California, from my rental apartment unit in northwest Austin.

----"I (Peter Kizilos) have never met the bastard (exact quote). But if you (John Kevin McMillan of Texas) attempt to oppose him (a cited male adult New Yorker) in any way, it will destroy you!" -- Peter Kizilos, a former coworker of mine at the "Minnesota Daily" student newspaper on the campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, during a long-distance phone call I made in 1990 or 1991 to Peter's Minneapolis-area home from my rental apartment unit in Sweetwater, Texas.

----"I (Mrs. Phyllis Gardner McMillan of Westlake Hills, Texas) would not give TWO BITS for him!" -- Mrs. Phyllis Gardner McMillan, during a long-distance phone call I made in 1990 or 1991 to Mother's and Father's Westlake Hills (TX) home from my rental apartment unit in Sweetwater, Texas. Mother chose not to elaborate at any time in regard to her own very critical outlook toward the one total male adult resident of New York State to whom she referred in that very surprising expression of anger she had on the telephone.

----"One man in New York State whom I (Kent Neal McMillan) believe to be abnormal (sic) and evil (sic), has had a lot of involvement in your(John Kevin McMillan's) own living conditions. However, that New Yorker seems to be increasingly accepting of your (John Kevin McMillan's) apparent decision to live in Texas for the rest of your life." --- Kent Neal McMillan, my biological oldest brother, during a long-distance 1991 phone call I made to his and his wife's home in Austin, Texas, from my rental home in Cuero, Texas. Kent McMillan in that phone conversation cited a male adult New York resident by name and specifically referred to that New York man as being both "abnormal" and "evil." However, Kent McMillan never elaborated on that observation of his at any time.

----"It's fair to say that the cited New York man has a low estimation of you (John Kevin McMillan)" (approximate quote, with the phrase 'has a low estimation of you' being an exact verbatim quote from Kent's words to me in that phone conversation). -- Kent Neal McMillan, my biological oldest brother, during a long-distance phone call I made in 1990 or 1991 from my rental apartment unit in Sweetwater, Texas, to Kent's and his wife's home in Austin, Texas. In that phone conversation, Kent McMillan refered to the cited New York man using his full legal name.

----"Don't blame me (Kent Neal McMillan of Austin, Texas) if you (John Kevin McMillan) get AIDS someday." --- Kent Neal McMillan, my biological oldest brother, during a surprising unsolicited oral comment he volunteered to me in 1992 without looking at me after I entered his and his wife's south Austin home as an invited visitor during my leisuretime. I was completely celibate throughout all of my own conscious or waking hours during the entire calendar year, 1992, when my oldest brother offered me that very grim prediction about what my own expected future might possibly hold for me. Shortly after Kent offered me that dire warning, I moved to Zapata, Texas, near the border with Mexico, to begin work duties as a full-time newspaper reporter for the "Zapata County News" general-circulation newspaper.

---"I (News Director Frank Volpicella of the ABC-affiliate KVUE Television News Team in Austin, Texas) can't believe you (John Kevin McMillan of Austin, Texas) are asking me whether KVUE Television Station supports privacy rights for yourself (approximate quote)." --- KVUE News Director Frank Volpicella, during a polite local phone call I had made in 2012 or 2013, or possibly in 2014, to Mr. Volpicella's KVUE television station office from my own rental apartment unit at Wind River Crossing Apartments in northwest Austin. At no time during that entire phone conversation I had with Mr. Volpicella did he ever state or indicate that he supports ANY privacy rights for myself, John Kevin McMillan, in ANY context.

---"Is there anything you (John Kevin McMillan of Austin, Texas) are doing that might be inviting it (the personal-injury crimes in which you, my nephew John Kevin McMillan, are the cited victim of alleged continuous and continuing crimes in Austin, Texas)?"---Aunt Allegra Dane, wife of dairy farmer John Dane of the Iowa City area of Iowa, during a long-distance phone call I made in 2011 or 2012 at my own expense to Aunt Allegra's and Uncle John Dane's home in either Iowa or Florida.

----"You (John Kevin McMillan) have been slandered!" --- Ernie Motloch, a friendly former work supervisor of mine at Souper Salad Lakeline chain restaurant near Lakeline Mall in Williamson County, Texas, during a long-distance telephone conversation I had in 2011 or 2012, I believe it was, with that kindly married gentleman, father, civic leader, and first-rate businessman based in Temple, Texas, during that time period. I spoke with Ernie that day from the telephone I own inside my Westdale-managed Wind River Crossing rental apartment unit in northwest Austin.

---"I would like to meet with you (John Kevin McMillan) in person here in Austin, but my mother (Mrs. Jeanette Goodfriend of Austin, Texas) is insisting that I (Sarah Goodfriend) spend all of my time with herself during this brief multi-day visit of mine here in Austin." --- Sarah Goodfriend, a former colleague of mine on the Stephen F. Austin High School Debate Squad in Austin, Texas, during a 1988 local phone call I made in Austin, Texas, to Sarah Goodfriend's parents' home in Austin, Texas.

---"You (John Kevin McMillan) will hate me (Valerio Caldesi Valeri) someday." -- Valerio Caldesi Valeri, in a very surprising unsolicited comment that that Italian-citizen roommate of mine volunteered to me in person in early 2000 as we prepared to share a meal together that we had each helped to prepare inside our ViewPoint Apartments rental apartment unit near the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. That particular roommate of mine had stated to me that he was employed as an instructor in the Classics Department of the University of Texas at Austin, and that he was pursuing a PhD in Classics at UT-Austin during that period.

---"Your (John Kevin McMillan's) comments to me in which you offer ideas on how to help strengthen the economies of Sardinia and some other islands off the coast of Italy do not interest me at all." --- the self-identified biological brother of Valerio Caldesi Valeri, during an otherwise friendly three-person meal and conversation that the three of us had together in 2000 inside a "Mongolian Grill" restaurant in downtown Austin, Texas. That brother of Valerio Caldesi Valeri had been introduced to me as being an Italian citizen who was himself pursuing studies at a college in England during that approximate time period, and who was on a brief visit to Austin, Texas, to meet with his biological brother Valerio.

---"I (staff member John Schlueter of the ABC-affiliate KVUE Television Station in Austin) recommend that you (John Kevin McMillan) NOT contact the news media anymore about your being a victim of alleged crime here in Austin. If there is a news story on that, the news media here in Austin will investigate that on their own initiative. You don't need to write to them or call them anymore about it." (approximate quote)--- John Schlueter, a neighbor of mine and married man who in February 2012 had expressed concern to me on the telephone about alleged extensive violations of my own privacy rights in Austin, Texas, that he indicated to me he himself regarded as both unjustifiable and unprecedented in scope and magnitude. Mr. Schlueter's "you don't need to contact the media anymore about your crime case" advice was offered to me on the telephone in 2012 or 2013 during a local phone call I made to John Schlueter from my rental apartment unit at Wind River Crossing Apartments in northwest Austin.

---"I (John Schlueter of Austin, Texas) recommend that you (John Kevin McMillan of northwest Austin) not file any additional complaints of any type. That is the best way for you to respond to the circumstances you are currently facing" (approximate quote). -- John Schlueter, a friendly neighbor of mine and local realtor as well as business owner and KVUE Television Station staff member, during a 2011 or 2012 (or possibly as late as 2013) phone conversation I had with him from my rental apartment unit at Wind River Crossing Apartments in northwest Austin.

----"The people of Minneapolis are a lot mellower toward you (John Kevin McMillan) than the people in the Boston area are. I urge you to move back to Minneapolis as soon as possible!" --- Max Alberts, a Math Depatment staff member at the University of Minnesota in Mineapolis, during a long-distance phone call I made in 1985 to his private residence in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area from my rental apartment unit in Boston, Massachusetts.

----"I urge you (John Kevin McMillan of Austin) to purchase a gun (sic) in order to protect yourself inside your rental apartment unit where you mention that you are being victimized by alleged illegal and unwanted intruders!" -- an African-American female employee of the Internal Revenue Service of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, in a surprising comment she made to me in 2011 or 2012 during a long-distance phone call I made from my rental apartment unit in northwest Austin to the IRS in regard to back taxes that I owed the federal government, and for which I am making monthly payments in full compliance with federal law.

----"You (John Kevin McMillan) are at dire risk of turning into a pariah here in Austin!" -- Bill Leach, a business owner and attorney and former colleague of mine on the Stephen F. Austin High School Debate squad, during a two-person conversation he had with me in the late 1990s outside his Longhorn Meat Market business in east Austin.

----"You (John Kevin McMillan of Austin) have had a rough life, John." -- Kent Neal McMillan, my biological oldest brother and an Austin resident, in a surprising and unsolicited somber-sounding comment that Kent made to me on his own initiative in 1997 as he drove myself and my mother away from a memorial service site at Port Aransas, Texas, where ashes from my deceased father's cremated body were scattered into the ocean in accordance with Father's stated request in his last will and testament.

----"My (Dr. Hazel Dicken-Garcia's) home is not impenetrable (sic)." -- Dr. Hazel Dicken-Garcia, in a surprising unsolicited comment that my major professor in the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communications volunteered to me in 1984 during a one-to-one in-person leisuretime conversation I had with Dr. Dicken-Garcia in the Twin Cities of Minnesota.

----"Most people when they keep a diary or journal inside their private residence don't expect anyone else to read their diary or journal." -- Dr. Hazel Dicken-Garcia, a professor of Journalism History at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, during a long-distance phone call I made in late 1988 to her home from my duplex rental apartment unit in El Campo, Texas.

-----"You (John Kevin McMillan) would be perfectly safe anywhere in the entire world." -- Charles Hilty, a former journalism instructor of mine at Washington University in St. Louis, during a long-distance phone call I made in 1991 to his home in Washington, D.C., from Yoakum, Texas.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Questions for U.S. President Jimmy Carter In Honor of His 90th Birthday


--President Carter, are you surprised and disappointed that the United States has failed to make a full and complete conversion to the metric system? In which ways do you believe that our federal government's failure to officially insist on that full conversion has harmed American society and our federal government?

---President Carter, many Americans think of you whenever they recall the temperature 79 degrees and your famous recommendation as our nation's Chief of State in the late 1970s that all Americans should help conserve fossil fuels by keeping their home thermostat temperature setting for their summertime home air conditioning system at 79 degrees when they were inside their own home. Mr. President, do you sometimes wish that President Obama would make a similar plea on behalf of helping our entire nation reduce our reliance on fossil fuels?

---President Carter, would you like to see the official White House residence where our nation's Chief of State and his family reside, be itself equipped to make extensive use of solar power and wind power as either back-up energy sources or primary energy sources? This question is based on the premise that the First Family's well-publicized traditions help to set a lead for our entire nation. If our entire nation learned that the President and his family rely on renewable energy sources to help heat and cool the White House, this might encourage millions of Americans to make a similar conversion in their own homes.

---President Carter, that last question to yourself suggests one inevitable follow-up question. Do you have any reason to believe that there might be any internal security risks for the First Family and their White House staff stemming from a solar-powered or wind-powered White House in Washington, D.C.?

---President Carter, if you were President of the United States in the year 2014, would you publicly urge all Americans to please limit their own Holiday-Season outdoor lighting display as much as possible, in order to help American society conserve energy and electricity? Or would you be worried that some newspaper such as the "New York Post" or "New York Daily News" would publish an editorial declaring you the "White House Grinch Who Stole Christmas from the American people!".

---President Carter, if you were President of the United States in the year 2014, would you recommend to the U.S. Congress that any and all professional race-car driving competitions involving the depletion of fossil fuels by those race cars should be permanently banned from this entire country, effective immediately? Mr. President, if you presented a recommendation of that type to Congress, would you also present an official White House estimate to Congress on how many millions or billions of gallons of gasoline could be saved or conserved each year through the government-mandated elimination of any and all professional race-car competitions in which those race cars are powered primarily or exclusively by fossil fuels.

---President Carter, are you disappointed that the fossil-fuel-saving and land-conserving Metropolitan Atlanta Transit Authority (MARTA) subway system and light-rail mass-transit system in your native state of Georgia apparently has not inspired other extensive and comprehensive subway systems and light-rail urban transit systems in other cities of the Deep South? Does Atlanta's MARTA system suggest to you that Atlanta is the most enlightened and progressive city in the entire Deep South, from the standpoint of a truly comprehensive and sophisticated and modern mass-transportation system having been established within that metro area?

---President Carter, are you morally indignant to the point of outraged that the American automobile industry still to this day does not meet or exceed the energy-efficiency standards of many of the Japanese and European automakers? Mr. President, would you go so far as to classify the lack of competitiveness and lack of innovation by the American auto industry in that very important category as a major political crisis and moral crisis for our entire nation?

---President Carter, would you like to see official nationwide recognition and praise for each of the U.S. cities, by population category, that have the best overall records for per-capita conservation of fossil fuels and overall energy-efficiency? Mr. President, this question seems to be particularly timely during this era in which American society is striving to achieve a greater level of energy-efficiency while reducing reliance on fossil fuels as much as possible.

----President Carter, would you like to see the United States rank among the top five nations of the world in per-capita nationwide participation in natural-resource recycling of paper and plastic and glass and other recyclable items; in per-capita level of energy efficiency; in per-capita level of reliance on renewable energy sources; in protection of and conservation of existing farmland and cropland and ranchland and wilderness land acreage, accompanied by better-planned and more energy-efficient and attractive development of current properties where commercial real estate and residential real estate properties are situated; in the dependability, efficiency, accessibility, affordability, and scope of high-speed inter-city and intra-city rail-transit systems, including through a nationwide network of first-rate subway systems and light-rail transit systems; in the overall quality and scope of our nation's lifelong education programs, including adult-education programs for parents and high school graduates and others.

---President Carter, I'm sure you would agree that the United States of America is the most ethnically and racially and religiously diverse nation in the entire world. In view of that great diversity and heterogeneity within this country, would you like to see the U.S. President and U.S. Congress delineate a series of bipartisan societal goals for our entire nation? I am referring, Mr. President, to noble societal goals that could help to remind Americans of all backgrounds of numerous profound shared values, such as strong nationwide support for the goal of a 100 percent literacy rate throughout this entire country, that can help to unite this country.

---President Carter, you are world-famous as a former peanut farmer in Georgia. Mr. President, can you estimate what percentage of all peanuts being grown commercially in the United States of today are classified as organic produce? Would you like to see a significant long-term increase in the percentage of all peanuts in this country that are being grown commercially on organic cropland?

---President Carter, would you like to see an "American Organic Peanut Farm Farmer of the Year Award" and accompanying generous financial prize that is bestowed on a truly outstanding organic-peanut-farming farmer in this country?

----In your and your kindly wife former First Lady Rosalynn Carter's dietary lifestyle, what percentage of the produce that you two eat were grown by organic-farming methods?

----President Carter, is there any other crucial category for evaluating a nation's overall ranking in which you hope that American society can eventually achieve a "Best in the World" status or "Among the Top Five Nations of the World" status in that category? For instance, Mr. President, would you like to see the United States have the lowest per-capita incidence of unwanted pregnancy of any nation in the world? Would you like to see the United States win first place in an international contest of some type that offers a first-place award to the one nation of the entire world that makes the finest and best use of criticism of that nation in a particular category that results in new strategies and policies aimed at addressing that criticism by that nation?

----President Carter, during your term of office as U.S. President, which criticism of your Administration or of the U.S. Government do you now believe to have been the most helpful to you and your colleagues in the Carter Administration? Mr. President, would you please elaborate on which programs or policies your Administration developed in response to that particular helpful criticism?

---President Carter, one of your famous predecessors in the White House, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, established a renowned "Brain Trust," as it was called, that enabled President Roosevelt to draw upon advice and ideas many of the finest public-policy-minded thinkers in American society throughout his tenure as our nation's Chief of State. Mr. President, do you recall which steps you pursued as our U.S. President to invite and obtain and make use of great public-policy ideas for our federal government? Do you believe that any honorable and first-rate U.S. President of the 21st Century should establish an effective modern counterpart to President Roosevelt's legendary "Brain Trust"?

---President Carter, do you believe today that each and every State of the Nation address that is delivered by any current or future U.S. President should devote some time for discussing the current nationwide drop-out rate by American high school students, along with offering reasons why the President believes that all high school students should strive to stay in school until they graduate.

----President Carter, do you regard it as disgraceful that the majority of Americans of today could not tell you the current nationwide high-school drop-out rate among our nation's high school students? Mr. President, do you believe that particular drop-out rate should serve as the basis for very extensive review and publicity and discussion throughout our entire nation each year?

----President Carter, do you know of any state in the nation or any city in this nation that currently hosts an annual symposium or annual public hearing aimed at discussing long-term and short-term trends in the high-school drop-out rate? Mr. President, do you believe that some philanthropic foundation should help to fund the establishment of an annual symposium tradition of that type in as many cities and counties of this country as possible?

---President Carter, do you believe that the American public school districts with the lowest dropout rate for each respective U.S. state of our nation should receive statewide and nationwide praise and recognition? Mr. President, do you also believe that there should be an annual tradition in this country in which several of many of those cited outstanding public school districts by that criterion participate in an annual public symposium in Washington D.C. that explores why each of those public school districts achieved great success at retaining nearly all or a very high percentage of their high school students up to and including the point of their graduation from high school?

----President Carter, many Americans remember you for a nationally televised speech you delivered during your Presidency in which you deplored what you identified as a societal malaise in American society during the latter 1970s. Do you believe that the magnitude and severity of the cited societal malaise in American society has increased since then? What advice would you offer to President Obama and the U.S. Congress on how that societal malaise problem in American society could be addressed successfully at present?

---President Carter, does it alarm you to note that Devil-Worshipping or Satanic Cults are reportedly widespread in American society today? Mr. President, I was reminded of this question by an unexpected observation that a Houston-based private attorney member of the State Bar of Texas, Mr. John Mayer, volunteered to me on the telephone during a long-distance phone call I made to his Ross Banks law office in Houston from my rental apartment unit in Austin, Texas. In that telephone conversation, Mr. Mayer volunteered to me that "There appear to be a lot of Devil Worshipers and Satanic Cult members in Austin (Texas) who are harassing you (John Kevin McMillan of Austin, Texas) these days!" (approximate quote).

---President Carter, in the multi-decade period since the late 1970s when you held office as our Chief of State, what do you believe the long-term trend has been in the percentage of all Americans who directly identify themselves as being either "Devil Worshipers" or "followers of Satan"---persons who, I might add, presumably make no attempt to be honest or law-abiding or honorable or conscientious or kind or benevolent toward other Americans. Mr. President, in which ways do you believe that the federal government can or should address that particular societal malaise?

---President Carter, do you regard the surprising popularity of libertarianism in the United States of today as a very alarming expression of anarchistic impulses and an also-alarming exaltation of hedonism on the part of many Americans?

----President Carter, does it seem to you that self-identified "libertarian" Americans are far less likely than other Americans to exhibit conscientious vigilance by promptly calling 911 and reporting to a law-enforcement agency that they have directly observed possible evidence of someone other than themselves being possibly victimized by alleged possible crime? Mr. President, do you sense that the self-identified "libertarians" tend to ignore evidence they observe or hear of OTHER persons being wronged?

---President Carter, when an American of today declares to you that he is "libertarian," does this serve as an immediate warning sign to you that he very likely smokes marijuana on a frequent basis during his leisuretime? Or do you yourself regard the "marijuana-smoker" interpretation on that as being unfair toward the majority of the self-identified "libertarians" of today in this country?

---President Carter, many Americans worry that American society is at risk of turning into a "Nation of Potheads" as a result of the alarming trend toward legalization of marijuana and decriminalization of marijuana throughout much of the United States. Mr. President, what advice would you to offer to those anti-marijuana-minded and law-abiding Americans, myself among them, who recently learned that our duly elected state lawmaker---and in my own legislative district in the Austin area of Texas, the official holding that distinction is a Jewish gentleman attorney member of the State Bar of Texas named Elliott Naishtat ----himself supports legalization of marijuana in some cited context. Mr. President, would you recommend that those of us who are proud to be anti-marijuana citizens of the U.S. should ourselves organize a signature petition drive to ask our duly elected state legislator to please re-consider his own ill-advised support for legalization of "medical marijuana," for instance?

----President Carter, do you yourself sense that states and cities of the U.S. that are "soft on marijuana," so to speak, are inviting inevitable tragedies in which an air traffic controller reports for work high on marijuana, for instance, and then triggers an airplane crash resulting from his inability to think quickly and rationally while under the influence of marijuana at the workplace. Mr. President, are you also worried that marijuana-addiction by any of the federal employees whom we Americans trust to guard our nuclear missile silos could result in their accidentally firing a nuclear warhead missile toward Russia, thereby triggering World War III all because that federal employee reported for work while "high" on marijuana?

----President Carter, you have taken pride in yourself supporting a liberal Democratic Party agenda for our nation. Mr. President, do you find it offensive to note all the Americans of today who equate the word "liberal" with "favorable toward legalization of marijuana" or "addicted to marijuana" or "sexually promiscuous to the point of participating in anonymous sex with a wide variety of sex partners on a frequent and year-round basis"? Do you sense, Mr. President, that what you once regarded as a noble liberal Democratic Party agenda for this nation has been trivialized and turned into a mockery of what you yourself regard as being true and sincere political ideals for our entire nation?

----President Carter, do you believe that the President of the United States should set an admirable moral standard by insisting that any and all guests to the White House, regardless of whether they are a head of state for a foreign nation, must first pass an initial inspection by an official White House "drug-sniffing dog" in the foyer of the White House? The first-rate drug-sniffing dog performing that noble role for the White House would presumably bark repeatedly if that alert canine "White House staff member," sot to speak, sniffs any evidence of any marijuana or cocaine or any other illicit drug on the body of or in any attache case or sachel or purse held by any visitor to the White House in Washington, D.C.
Mr. President, would you also like to see the White House also offer very prompt photographic publicity to our entire nation and world about each and every instance in which a visitor to the White House fails an inspection from the official "White House drug-sniffing dog," and is then in fact "arrested" and handcuffed and promptly escorted away from the White House by Secret Service agents or FBI agents?

---President Carter, do you believe that the President of the United States should set a strong moral lead by establishing a personnel policy of zero-tolerance toward deliberate public verbalization of noteworthy dishonest statements by any member of the President's staff or by any federal official who had been appointed to their position of employment by the President? Mr. President, would you like to see a moral and legal precedent established in which a Chief of State in our nation publicly announces that he had just fired a staff member or official under his supervision "because he told a flagrant lie to myself" or "because she told a flagrant lie to the U.S. Congress in public testimony she gave before a subcommittee of the U.S. Congress," or words to that effect.

---President Carter, if you were in President Obama's shoes today, would you propose legislation to the U.S. Congress that would impose extensive restrictions on or impose a complete and permanent ban on the infliction of tattoos on the bodies of American citizens in the United States?

---President Carter, you must be very impressed by the significant increase in the number of career opportunities with non-profit organizations in recent decades throughout this entire nation. In your view, does that very increase in non-profit group career opportunities point to a societal healthfulness or vitality in this nation that you are proud of?

--President Carter, would you like to see additional changes in the formula used by Wall Street to determine whether any given day of trading can be viewed as a "success" for our nation and our economy? For instance, would you like to see formulas developed in evaluating or guiding stock market activities that more fully reflect noble societal goals such as environmental protection, energy conservation, land conservation, water conservation, the recycling of recyclable materials, promotion of lifelong education, promotion of salutary and enjoyable lifelong hobbies and pastimes for all Americans, and the like.

----President Carter, would you support a massive long-term realignment of our American economy that would significantly reduce the role held in our nation's economy by tattoo parlors and the tattooing industry, the drinking-alcohol industry, the tobacco industry, the so-called "legal" marijuana industry, the very violent and very injurious so-called sport of professional boxing, the very dangerous and often-fatal so-called sport of professional race-car driving, the gambling industry, the psychiatric-medical-services industry, and by so-called "entertainment" movies that feature lots of gratuitous violence.

----President Carter, many people are impressed by your very fine longevity and think of you as a leading exponent of the health benefits from consumption of nuts in one's dietary lifestyle. It is widely assumed that since you were once employed as a peanut farmer in the U.S. state of Georgia, you no doubt have included nuts in your own dietary lifestyle throughout your adult life. Do you believe that the federal government should adopt an official "Nut Promotion" policy offering special financial incentives for the agricultural production of nuts such as peanuts, walnuts, almonds, and pecans?

----President Carter, do you agree with those Americans, myself among them, who have concluded that we simply could not feel comfortable about ourselves ever residing in the tobacco-producing states of Virginia or North Carolina. I am referring, of course, to my and many other Americans' awareness that those two U.S. states are morally responsible for thousands or millions of cancer-related deaths each year throughout the world. Those two U.S. states incur that massive legal liability and very sinister worldwide reputation through their production and importation of tobacco products from those two American states that, when consumed by persons throughout the U.S. and Canada and the rest of the world, result in thousands or millions of deaths each year.

----President Carter, would you like to see a major realignment of the economies of Virginia and North Carolina that would achieve a gradual phase-out of any and all tobacco production in those two U.S. states? Would you also like to see those two U.S. states offer major financial incentives for any and all current tobacco farmers there to themselves switch to peanut farming?

----President Carter, would you support research aimed at identifying a societally beneficial use of tobacco that would NOT be harmful to human health and would not involve any actual personal consumption or ingestion of tobacco by human beings? For instance, would you like to see tobacco be used as an ingredient in pesticides?

----President Carter, have you been shocked to sense that the nationwide rate of tobacco addiction apparently has not declined significantly since the period when you served as Chief of State for the United States? I raise this question because, as I am sure you might agree, no nation of this world can truly be called mentally healthy if a significant percentage of that nation's citizens are addicted to consumption of tobacco products.

---President Carter, it must have been very, very sad for you in the 1970s when you witnessed the suicidal alcohol-addiction by your flamboyant and often-quoted brother, Billy Carter. Looking back, is there anything you could have done differently that might have helped to save or rescue your brother, Billy, from dying at an early age because of his very tragic addiction to alcohol?

---President Carter, do you know of any alcohol-treatment program anywhere in your beloved U.S. state of Georgia that is currently named as the "Billy Carter Alcohol-Treatment Center," or words to that effect? If not, would you support the establishment of an alcohol-treatment center somewhere in your and your late brother's native state of Georgia that would bear Billy Carter's name as a way of honoring the many attempts Billy no doubt made to rid himself of his vile addiction to alcohol?

---President Carter, in your role as a world-famous Christian gentleman and religious leader in our nation, do you yourself believe that the chief executive officers or chairmen of the boards of tobacco companies in the United States are each at risk of "going to Hell," in a Christian-theology sense of that term, after they themselves eventually die of presumably natural causes. Or are you among those religious optimists who really and truly believe that each of the current CEOs of tobacco-industry corporations and each of the current chairmen of the boards of tobacco industry corporations in the United States could, in your view, end up in a Christianity-posited "Heaven" after they themselves presumably die of natural causes?

----President Carter, do you agree with those who maintain that human beings' addiction to tobacco comprises a form of slavery or enslavement of those human beings that severely injures and jeopardizes their own medical health? If you do agree on that point, do you also agree with those observers who maintain that the tobacco-producing U.S. states of North Carolina and Virginia are, from that standpoint, "slavery states" in the world of today?

----President Carter, do you support the human right and legal right of all gainfully employed Americans to request through their employer that their own 401K retirement plan does not feature any financial investments in the tobacco industry or alcohol industry, for instance? There must be millions of Americans who would feel much happier about their own 401K retirement plan if they knew that the 401K deductions being taken from their own paychecks at their workplace were not going toward investments in the tobacco or alcohol industries, for instance.

---President Carter, are you disappointed that our federal government in the year 2014 still has not established or presided over the establishment of a truly comprehensive nationwide network of first-rate and affordable drug-addiction-treatment programs, alcohol-addiction-treatment programs, and tobacco-addiction treatment programs that low-income persons and middle-income Americans could have the option of enrolling in on a voluntary basis.

----President Carter, if you could personally add one amendment to the United States Constitution, with help from approval by the U.S. Congress and ratification by U.S. states, what new amendment would you personally want to see added to our nation's Constitution? Would that be a permanent ban on the production and sale and distribution of any drinking alcohol anywhere in the United States? Or would that be a permanent ban on the production and sale and distribution of tobacco products such as cigarettes or cigars or snuff tobacco?
Or, instead, would you propose a Constitutional amendment permanently banning the production or sale or distribution of either marijuana or so-called "medical marijuana" anywhere and everywhere in the United States?
Or, instead, would you seek a clarification to the Freedom of Religion clause of the Bill of Rights, stating very clearly and emphatically that any self-identified "religion" or "religious group" in this nation that advocates or sponsors physically violent vigilante conduct or engages in anonymous speech activities violating the privacy rights and other legal rights of anyone, thereby forfeits protected tax-exempt status as a religion or religious group, and would also forever forfeit the legal right to claim "Freedom of Religion" and "Freedom of Speech" protection under the Bill of Rights?
Or, instead, would you seek an amendment that very clearly endorses the use of contraceptives and, as a last resort, abortions, as a means of preventing or terminating unwanted pregnancies anywhere in this country?
Or, instead, would you seek an amendment to the Constitution that specifically cites zero population growth as an official goal of the United States Government and of American society?

----President Carter, one Boston-area private attorney, John Groesbeck, informed myself on the telephone earlier this century that he had learned about a top-secret federal "thought-control" research project or experiment involving unwitting or involuntary participants that reportedly occurred in the Boston or Quincy area of Massachusetts in the 1980s, Mr. Groesbeck indicated. Mr. Groesbeck made that disclosure to me in the context of his informing me on the telephone in that long-distance phone conversation I had with him from my rental apartment in Austin, Texas, that I myself might have been among the persons subjected to a federally sponsored experiment of that type in the Boston area without my prior consent having been obtained, attorney John Groesbeck advised me.

As you know, Mr. President, your immediate successor in the White House, Ronald Reagan, served as the Republican Chief of State of this entire country throughout most of the 1980s, with Republican George Bush Sr. then serving as U.S. President for one term in the latter 1980s. Mr. President, are you surprised to be told today about this disclosure from attorney John Groesbeck? Had you yourself, and not Mr. Reagan or George Bush Sr., served as our Chief of State during the 1980s, would you have yourself publicly and vigorously opposed any attempt by the federal government to subject anyone without his own prior consent to a so-called "thought-control project?"

----President Carter, do you believe our federal government should issue an annual report on the marital divorce rate for each state of the U.S., each region of the U.S., and on a nationwide basis. If so, which federal agency do you believe should issue that annual report and hold an annual press conference identifying factors that appear to play a role in marriages resulting in divorce in this country.

----President Carter, do you believe there should be an annual "White House Conference on 21st Century American Marriages" that explores the various ways in which strictly-mutual-consent personal marriages in this country can be mutually-beneficial, mutually-healthful, mutually-harmonious, mutually-creative, educationally-enriching for both partners, mutually-enjoyable, and lasting in nature.

---President Carter, do you subscribe to the view that married couples who exercise together, such as by their taking hikes together or jointly traveling to a swimming pool, are more likely to stay together than married couples in which no such joint-athletic-exercise routine exists.

----President Carter, many people remember you as an avid tennis player, which no doubt has played a major role in your very fine longevity and medical health. Have you been disappointed by the apparent decline in the percentage of all American male professional tennis players, and in the percentage of all of the American female professional tennis players, who win at least one majors professional tournament or at least one professional tournament in any given year? What do you believe our federal government should do, if anything, to promote a long-term increase in the total number of professional men's tennis players and in the total number of women's professional tennis players who in any given year rank among the top 10 men's or women's players in the entire world.

---President Carter, would you support the establishment of an "American Professional Tennis Sportsman of the Year Award" that could be conferred on a male professional tennis player or female professional tennis player from the United States who exhibits a polite and honest and conscientious and friendly and noble gentlemanly or ladylike style through his or her professional tennis career.

---President Carter, it seems likely that you were impressed by a recent public statement made by Spanish professional tennis champion Rafa Nadal that he believes that professional tennis tournaments should feature more tennis courts, such as the clay tennis courts that he specifically cited, that are orthopedically safe or healthful for the players and their feet. Do you agree with Rafa Nadal that it is cruel and sadistic to expect professional tennis players to compete on hard courts that were clearly NOT designed by orthopedic specialists, and that inflict numerous foot injuries and other injuries on the players?

----President Carter, I am sure it must be quite painful for you to watch a varsity college football game or professional football game and directly observe that several of the competitors in that contest were injured on a play so severely that they required special medical attention, with some of those players actually leaving the game for the remainder of the game because of that injury. Mr. President, would you like to see an annual award and generous cash prize conferred on coaches and players for both teams that compete in the varsity-collegiate football game and professional football game respectively, that are judged to have been the best-played collegiate or professional football game that season or post-season period in which no player from either team sustained an injury at any time during that entire game? In short, Mr. President, do you support an increased dedication to a "finesse offense," to borrow a term that was apparently invented by Coach Tom Landry of the Dallas Cowboys in the 1970s, as well as the development of a "finesse defense"---styles of play that are effective competitively while minimizing any form of physical contact that might actually cause an injury to any player in a football game.

----President Carter, does it cause you to wince with dismay when you reflect on the continued failure of the American restaurant industry and other industries in the United States to participate fully in the recycling of paper goods, plastic goods, and other recyclable items? In your view, does the continued failure of much of American society to participate extensively in natural-resource recycling comprise a 21st Century societal malaise of the type you deplored in your famous 1970s televised address to our nation?

----President Carter, do you ever experience any lack of love on your part toward the United States and American society when you yourself note that the per-capita incidence of violent crime in this nation is among the highest among all of the affluent industrialized nations; that American society is reportedly responsible for fully two-thirds of the Global Warming effect that is inflicting widespread crises on our global environment; that the percentage of all Americans who are addicted to tattoos being emblazoned on their own bodies, or who are addicted to tobacco products, alcohol, marijuana, and other illicit drugs, is shockingly high at present; that the per-capita incidence of obscene or profane speech in Americans' everyday conversations may well currently be at an all-time high; that there is an alarming trend toward legalization of marijuana throughout much of this country; very costly American military campaigns in a variety of nations is a given of life these days; and that the level of over-consumption of natural resources and the squandering of natural resources and other consumer goods by America society apparently exceeds that of any other nationality in the entire world?

----President Carter, do you feel more love toward American society of today, as compared with American society in the early 1990s or late 1970s, for instance? If you feel less love toward American society of today as compared with the U.S.A. of the early 1990s or late 1970s, do you ever sense that any such lack of love for American society of today borders on a profound yet civilly-stated and lawfully expressed alienation from American society of today on your part?

---President Carter, many Americans remember you as having apparently been the first-ever U.S. President who requested and obtained the establishment of a double-blind or triple-blind trust account into which all of your own financial investments were placed throughout your tenure as President. Have you been disappointed that none of your successors have lived up to your own standard of integrity in that way? Also, do you believe the U.S. Congress should approve a new law that requires any future U.S. President to agree to have all of his or her own financial investments be placed in a double-blind or triple-blind trust account throughout the entirety of his or her term of office.

---President Carter, in view of the increasing complexity of the Presidency during this modern era of frequent military actions and terrorism-deterrence-related public-policy actions and frequent crises of other types as well, do you agree with University of Texas at Austin Government Professor Bruce Buchanan's 1970s proposal that three officials, rather than just one, should share the duties of President, comprising a "Panel Presidency" as Professor Buchanan called it, in the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government?

----President Carter, much has been said about terrorism and accompanying outrageous violence in the world of today. This raises the inevitable question of whether any aspects of American society's conduct and the federal government's or state governments' conduct ever strike you as comprising a form of flagrantly destructive and homicidal terrorism. For instance, do you regard the shocking failure of the U.S. Congress to approve the multinational treaty on behalf of protecting the ozone layer and global environment as an example of government-endorsed defacto terrorism, since the U.S. Government is thereby perpetuating outrageously injurious conduct by American society that can lead to mass destruction of our environment and the loss of millions of human lives throughout this entire world.

----President Carter, do you recall any other examples of state-ordered or state-sponsored defacto terrorism at any time since the 1970s for which you yourself believe that the federal government or one or more state governments of the United States can be held morally or legally responsible for those flagrantly destructive and injurious activities?

----President Carter, are you dismayed to sense that many of the terrorist political or religious groups of today are groups whose political or religious grievances could have resulted instead, had the initial response to those groups' concerns been handled differently at an earlier time, in a civil and law-abiding and honorable public dialogue accompanied by constructive public-policy actions by the government that took into account any and all legitimate grievances from those groups.

---President Carter, do you believe it is a contradiction in terms to speak of "lasting peace in the Middle East"? Or do you truly believe that a truly lasting peace among and within all nations of the Middle East can in fact be achieved in the foreseeable future?

---President Carter, there has been considerable news media coverage in recent years in regard to the very hazardous nature of a career as a diplomat or embassy staff member inside an Embassy of the United States Government in a foreign nation in Africa or the Middle East.
Mr. President, are you concerned about the possibility that the violent terrorist attacks on American embassies overseas in recent years could possibly trigger a long-term decline in the overall caliber of American men and women who choose to pursue a diplomatic career through the U.S. State Department? I am posing this question because, as I'm sure you might agree, many of our most talented Americans would not normally pursue a career if they lacked confidence that through that career they could also enjoy a full and healthy natural longevity and creatively vital lifespan.

---President Carter, does it strike you as possible that the federal government's deficit will become so astronomically high at some point---and it seems very likely that point has already been reached, in fact---that the federal government's ability to financially rescue the foreign nation of Israel with billions of dollars in foreign aid might turn into an impossibility?

-----President Carter, do you ever have nightmares, whether in your nocturnal dreams or in your waking hours, about the federal government of the United States going bankrupt at some point in the foreseeable future?

----President Carter, many billions of dollars have been spent by the United States Government on military campaigns in the Middle East in recent years. In your view, do those very expenditures of federal funds in that quantity inherently and automatically jeopardize our own country's national security by putting our federal government at greater risk of going bankrupt?

----President Carter, do you in fact regard it as reasonable to conclude that a scenario in which the federal government of the United States goes bankrupt would also be one that, by definition, significantly jeopardizes our entire country's national security?

----President Carter, have you been surprised by how rarely political observers of the current Middle Eastern crisis have ever referred to the cited "strategic value" of Iraq or Afghanistan, from the standpoint of the United States and our federal government and our own nation's goals and objectives?

----President Carter, it has been said that Turkey is a very rare example of a predominantly Moslem county that actually exhibits an admirable tolerance toward Freedom of Religion by all residents of Turkey and visitors to Turkey. If you were in President Obama's shoes today, would you do more than Obama has done to publicly honor and praise Turkey as one example of a Moslem-dominated foreign nation where citizens of that nation who practice other religions are not themselves punished or persecuted or subjected to retaliatory violence by Moslems or the Moslem-dominated government in that particular nation.

----President Carter, do you subscribe to the view that our federal government and American society should have many points of agreement with the majority of the Moslem-dominated nations of this world? If so, what do you believe those points of agreement might include?

---President Carter, many Americans found it impressive in the 1970s when you as our nation's famously Christian head of state from Georgia chose to appoint a Jewish gentleman as your Secretary of the Treasury. Mr. President, regardless of whether that Jewish gentleman, Mr. Michael Blumenthal, was Christian or a subscriber of Judaism, and he may well have been a possible convert to Christianity, do you believe your appointment of a Jewish man to a cabinet-level position helped to reassure Americans that you yourself as a Christian non-Jewish gentleman have a very high estimation of those Jewish Americans who do in fact have outstanding integrity and honesty and politeness and diligent obedience of the law at all times in addition to their being persons who excel in their chosen career field?

----President Cater, you may recall that your Chief of Staff during your White House years, Mr. Hamilton Jordan, was criticized by some Americans for not being as principled or as morality-minded or conscientious or honest as you yourself are. Looking back, would you have chosen someone OTHER than Hamilton Jordan as your White House Chief of Staff? Also, which traits do you believe a 21st Century U.S. President should look for in a White House Chief of Staff?

---President Carter, many observers suggested that your White House Chief of Staff in the late 1970s, Mr. Hamilton Jordan, who I believe was possibly a native Georgian, and your brother, Billy Carter, were among the most flamboyant and volatile figures associated with you at any time during your entire tenure as Chief of State. Looking back, do you yourself believe the news media devoted an excessive amount of attention to exploring the apparent contrast between your own polite and respectful style of leadership and, on the other hand, the style exhibited by Hamilton Jordan and your brother, Billy Carter, the latter of whom apparently never held any official position of leadership in your Administration.

---President Carter, do you believe the American news media did justice to your wife, Rosalynn Carter, when the media in the late 1970s described her as a "Steel Magnolia"? Is that in fact a nickname that the First Lady chose for herself, or was it a nickname that some newspaper reporter chose to informally assign to Mrs. Carter?

---President Carter, do you happen to recall whether your wife attended many of your own meetings with your cabinet members during your tenure as Chief of State? If so, was Eleanor Roosevelt of the Franklin Roosevelt Administration possibly the only prior First Lady of this nation who, like your wife, may have routinely attended cabinet meetings and actually made comments at those meetings?

---President Carter, how would you yourself rate First Lady Rosalynn Carter among all of the First Ladies of the United States whom you have yourself read about or met in person? Also, what do you believe was the greatest contribution that First Lady Rosalynn Carter made to the United States during her tenure in the White House?

---President Carter, is there any foreign nation that has befriended the United States and American people very generously and kindly, but in your view has not been given adequate recognition and appreciation and respect by the U.S. Government or by American society? Would you cite Canada as being an example of a foreign nation fitting that description, or would you instead cite some other foreign nation, such as possibly Australia or New Zealand or Sweden?

---President Carter, of all of the foreign nations of the entire world, which one foreign nation do you believe the U.S. Government or American society has wronged the most severely in recent decades?

---President Carter, do you believe that the federal government under U.S. President Barack Obama has devoted enough attention to any and all implications for the United States and American national security from the apparent growing political and economic alliance between Russia and mainland China?

---President Carter, as you know the European nation of Albania has long struck American political observers as a hostile foreign nation of widespread xenophobia and parochialism. Do you anticipate any scenario in which American society might significantly improve our nation's relationship with Albania? Or have you, in fact, chosen to regard Albania as a "hopeless case," from an American standpoint, it being apparent to many observers that Albania traditionally has chosen to ally itself with mainland China while shunning involvement with the United States, if I remember correctly.

---President Carter, is there any foreign nation of today that does not currently have diplomatic ties with the United States Government, and that you believe should receive official recognition from and accompanying diplomatic ties with the U.S. Government?

----President Carter, is there any foreign nation of today that currently receives official recognition from and diplomatic ties with the U.S. Government, even though you yourself question whether that foreign nation should be accorded that type of official recognition by the U.S. Government and American society.

---President Carter, many Americans think of you these days in terms of your great and noble contributions to poverty-stricken residents of Third World countries. Is it fair to ask you, Mr. President, whether your emphasis through your philanthropic efforts on befriending residents of Third World nations partly reflects your own conclusion that the United States and American society have possibly exploited or neglected or actually harmed some foreign nations? Do you find that the people of Third World nations are more likely to elicit your own sympathy and admiration and affection than the people of 21st Century United States do?

----President Carter, how would you reply to those critics of American society of today who say that Americans are "spoiled and excessively materialistic and lacking in a deeper sense of morality"?

---President Carter, you may well recall the very impressive factual accounts about extensive recycling of recyclable items in this country that occurred during World War II, and possibly during World War I before then as well. Mr. President, do you regard it as very tragic that only when the United States is embroiled in a Congressionally-declared war against one or more other nations can American society as a whole and our federal government find the resolve to aggressively pursue extensive recycling of recyclable goods throughout this entire nation?

---President Carter, do you agree with the American editors of "Time-Life Books that the 20th Century should be evaluated by historians as "The American Century"? Or do you regard that type of summary of what the 20th Century throughout this planet consisted of as dangerously misleading and dangerously provincial or short-sighted on the part of those who sum up the 20th Century that way?

----President Carter, do you agree with Tom Brokaw, the former anchorman for the NBC television network's nightly news program, who wrote a history book which dubbed the Americans who fought in World War II as our nation's all-time "Greatest Generation" of Americans?

----President Carter, would you be willing to comment on which Hollywood movies of the last 50-year period are movies you yourself believe to have been sufficiently idealistic and wholesome and philosophically deep enough and thought-provoking enough and intellectually enriching enough to make you very proud to be an American yourself when you watched those movies?

----President Carter, many people will always remember your now-famous interview with "Playboy" magazine during the 1976 U.S. Presidential campaign, in which you politely commented to that men's magazine that you yourself have "lust in my heart," you stated at that time. Mr. President, do you ever regret having permitted "Playboy" magazine to interview you, or do you regard that interview with "Playboy" as having been a helpful means for you to convey the message to our nation's voters that even though your initials are "JC," the very same initials as those of "Jesus Christ," you fully acknowledge that you yourself are very human?

-----President Carter, do you now believe that possibly your now-famous 1976 interview with "Playboy" magazine possibly neglected the great role held by non-sexual or platonic relationships, including mutual-consent platonic personal relationships, in your own and other Americans' lives? Mr. President, do you regard any such oversight as possibly comprising what you may well regard as one of the most glaring of the "tragic flaws", if one could call them that, of "Playboy" magazine?

----President Carter, do you subscribe to the view that heterosexual or bisexual American men who are single and sexually promiscuous, such as the vast majority of the subscribers of the very 'Playboy' magazine that you agreed to be interviewed by in 1976, should themselves feel honorbound to at least consider obtaining a vasectomy on their own body that would spare numerous American women from any risk of their ever getting pregnant out of wedlock as a result of having sex with those men?

---President Carter, does it seem to you that the unwanted pregnancy rate in this nation of today is probably higher than it was when you led our nation as our Chief of State in the late 1970s? Mr. President, do you believe that our entire nation should be devoted to helping to significantly reduce the unwanted pregnancy rate in each and every state of our country, it being painfully apparent that mothers who give birth to children they do not want will not be as loving toward those offspring, if they raise them at all, as they would have been toward a child they actually WANTED to give birth to and raise.

----President Carter, are you alarmed by the increasing percentage of American women and American girls who give birth to a child out of wedlock or who get pregnant out of wedlock? Does that increase point to a growing societal malaise of the type that you previously deplored in the famous nationally televise speech you delivered to the American people in the late 1970s during your term of office as U.S. President?

----President Carter, you no doubt recall that one of your predecessors, U.S. President Lyndon Johnson of Texas, was famous as well as infamous for his frequent use of obscene or profane speech in his telephone conversations and in-person meetings in his official capacity as our nation's Chief of State. Mr. President, aside from yourself, of course, do you know of any other U.S. President from the latter 20th Century who consistently refrained from verbalizing profanity throughout his entire term of office? Was that other exception to the rule Gerald Ford, the incumbent U.S. President whom you defeated in the 1976 Presidential campaign? Or was it possibly the 1950s U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower of the Republican Party? For that matter, would you cite Ronald Reagan as having exhibited that kind of admirable restraint in his choice of language during his tenure as U.S. President?
Incidentally, if memory serves me correctly I myself do not believe that George Bush Sr. would qualify for that type of distinction. I for one will always recall a famous quip attributed to George Bush Sr., that he or his vice presidential running mate, Mr. Dan Quayle of Indiana, either would "kick ass" or had "kicked ass" (exact or near-exact quote), if you will pardon the expression, in a planned televised debate with Vice Presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro of New York State during a Presidential campaign of the 1980s. It seems fair to note that a comment of that type by George Bush Sr. would appear to disqualify himself from any list of clean-language U.S. Presidents or Presidential candidates of the latter 20th Century.

----President Carter, I am sure that you are very familiar with U.S. President Lyndon Johnson's public reputation for "arm-twisting," as it was called, which presumably included the use of verbal threats to members of the U.S. Congress if they informed President Johnson that they did not plan to vote for a proposal of his before that governing body. During your own tenure as U.S. President, did you generally refrain from "arm-twisting" members of the U.S. Congress---or from informally bribing members of Congress, for that matter----when you wanted them to vote for legislation you were yourself supporting?

----President Carter, you have long taken pride in being an American political leader with deep moral convictions and very high integrity. Of the American political leaders of today, regardless of their own political party affiliation, which political leaders do you believe to exhibit the most impressive overall integrity and depth of moral vision?

---President Carter, would you like to see an annual "Jimmy Carter Integrity in Government" Award and accompanying financial prize be conferred on the government official in the United States and in a foreign nation, respectively, who has exhibited outstanding honor and obedience of the law and a conscientious and empathetic and honest style as a government official?

----President Carter, it is a well-known secret, if one could call it that, that you yourself did not trust Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts. Would you be willing to elaborate a bit on why you yourself possibly disliked Senator Kennedy?

-----President Carter, many Americans will always remember you for your now-famous observation that you, U.S. President Jimmy Carter, and I quote, "hope that Rev. Jerry Falwell of Virginia goes to Hell in a very Christian sense of that word," or words to that effect. Mr. President, do you still feel that way about Rev. Falwell, or do you now regret that particular widely-quoted comment of yours about that fundamentalist Christian preacher who was linked to a scandal of some type.

----President Carter, I'm sure that you as a fervent Christian leader in this nation must have moments in which you attempt to imagine any surprises for you when you observe which other Americans stand before you as you enter the fabled pearly gates of Heaven, according to your own religious beliefs.
Mr. President, are you willing to comment at this time on what your reaction will be if you happen to encounter Senator Edward Kennedy and the Rev. Jerry Falwell in the place called Heaven that you as a Christian gentleman hope to enter someday in your expected afterlife?
And that question, in turn, suggests another follow-up question: Mr. President, do you know what your own words of greeting to Senator Kennedy and Rev. Falwell will be, if you do in fact encounter both of those also-famous Americans at some future point in your Christianity-posited afterlife destination called "Heaven"?

---President Carter, how important has humor been in your own career pursuits and life? Or do you subscribe to the view that humor is used excessively by many Americans as a means of avoiding a truly sincere and honest and diligent response to life's many challenges, and to our nation's many challenges?

---President Carter, are you willing to say at this time which U.S. President, if any, you yourself most look forward to shaking hands with and having a dialogue with after you presumably enter what you as a Christian gentleman expect to be your afterlife destination of Heaven. Would you most want to have a cordial one-to-one meeting in Heaven with President Woodrow Wilson, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, President Abraham Lincoln, President George Washington, President James Madison, President Harry Truman, or some other U.S. President?

---President Carter, do you believe you yourself were the greatest one-term president in the entire history of the United States? If not, which one-term president do you believe was more successful as our Chief of State than you yourself were?

---President Carter, I am sure that many Americans would appreciate learning from you at this time which political and religious and cultural leaders have been the most inspirational to you or influenced your own values and beliefs and outlook the most in your own life.

---President Carter, many Americans recall your diligently humanitarian mother, Lillian Carter, and her noble efforts to help the people of India during her stay there several decades ago. Would you rank your mother as the one person who inspired you the most in your own life? If so, would you please be willing to state at this time what you admired the most about your father, a gentleman whom many Americans do not recall having read anything about, surprisingly enough.

---President Carter, many Americans remember you as having held at least five different careers: one as a nuclear physicist or engineer, one as a peanut farmer, one as governor of Georgia, one as President of the United States, and one as a non-profit humanitarian services leader and founder of the "Habitat for Humanity" group that befriends Christian low-income families by providing them with safe and free or affordable new housing. Mr. President, of all of the careers you pursued in your life, which career did you find to be the most fulfilling and enjoyable?

---President Carter, which steps do you believe that the United States should pursue to strengthen our overall nationwide program for deterring alleged continuous personal-injury-crimes, including alleged continuous sexual molestation crimes or alleged continuous sexual assault crimes? Mr. President, do you believe that there may be a need for a federal project focused on investigating continuous personal-injury crimes throughout our nation?

---President Carter, do you know of any other democratic nation that has a stronger policy for deterring anonymous communications or fraudulent communications than the United States itself has? Mr. President, do you subscribe to the view that anonymous communications and fraudulent communications that are inflicted on American citizens against their wishes pose a major threat to our entire nation that needs to be addressed as soon as possible by our federal government?

---President Carter, does it alarm you to sense that the percentage of Americans of today who consistently use clean and non-profane language in their everyday conversations is significantly lower than when you served as our nation's head of state in the late 1970s? Mr. President, what advice would you offer to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on what the federal government of today can do to promote more consistent use of clean and non-profane speech by as many Americans as possible?

----President Carter, I'm sure you would agree that privacy rights play a major role in any happy and healthful life of any American citizen. Mr. President, if I were to ask you to please cite the one American citizen from the entire period since January 1977, when you assumed office as President, whom you believe was unjustifiably and illegally robbed of or deprived of his own privacy rights more extensively and more comprehensively than any other American citizen you can recall from that entire multi-decade time period, which individual would you cite as that human-rights victim on American soil?

---President Carter, many people all over the world admire your efforts at ensuring that elections held in Third World nations are honest and not tainted by election-tampering of any type. Mr. President, inevitably the question arises whether you believe more should be done within this nation to ensure that elections in each and every state are conducted in an honest and corruption-free manner?

-----President Cater, which U.S. state from the most recent approximately 50-year period do you regard as having the most widespread political corruption problem? Would that state be Illinois, New Jersey, Texas, New York, or possibly some other U.S. state? Mr. President, does it strike you as ironic that our current U.S. President, Barack Obama, who emphasizes his dedication to openness and honesty in government, is himself from one of the U.S. states, Illinois, where political corruption is alarmingly widespread? Would you expect President Obama to devote his tenure in the White House in part to helping make Illinois a less corrupt state than it has all too often been?

---President Carter, do you believe our federal government should do more than it currently does to help protect the legal rights and human rights of courageously vigilant and honorable "whistle-blowers" who contact a government agency at any level to report factual evidence they have observed of alleged possible impropriety by a business or corporation or government-owned institution? Mr. President, who was your own personal favorite "whistle-blower" in the multi-decade period since the 1970s whose vigilance and alertness and courage and integrity were helpful to American society?

---President Carter, the subject of integrity in government has many facets to it. Based on what you yourself have observed about the American political scene in recent years, what estimate would you offer if you were asked by an investigative team for the weekly CBS news show '60 Minutes' what percentage of all current elective officials of the U.S. Government of today appear to possibly be addicted to marijuana or cocaine or heroin or methamphetamine or some other illicit drug? Mr. President, do you regard that type of illicit-drug addiction by a member of the U.S. Congress as potentially very compromising to the national security and integrity of our federal government? If there is at least one U.S. senator with a secret addiction to cocaine from Colombia, for instance, could this undermine his or her ability to vote wisely and conscientiously in regard to legislative proposals in Congress that relate to the South American nation of Colombia?

---President Carter, each head of state is no doubt expected by voters in his home state -- Georgia, for instance, in the case of yourself -- to pursue policies in the White House that are of particular benefit to your home state and its residents. Mr. President, during your own tenure as President which policies did you pursue to avoid any such tendency toward excessive Presidential favoritism toward your home state of Georgia and the people of Georgia?

Sunday, September 21, 2014

How To Lead a More Thoughtful and Empathetic and Kinder Lifestyle


---Turn the fan on when you are cooking an aromatic dish inside your own rental apartment unit. This will spare tenants in adjoining apartment units from their being subjected to excessive cooking aromas that they themselves might NOT regard as pleasant to their own nostrils.

---Remove the lint from the lint bin of the dryer immediately after you have used a dryer at a public laundrymat. This is considerate toward the next person who seeks to use that same dryer.

----Have the exact change you need for riding a bus already in your hand minutes BEFORE you board that metro-area public bus service as a passenger. This reduces the total stop time needed at that bus stop, which also enhances the bus driver's ability to meet his assigned time schedule for that bus route. This also means that you and the other passengers in that bus can reach your and their destination sooner.

----If you are sitting next to a friendly acquaintance or friend and you happen to be reading the newspaper, ask that individual if he would like you to give him or lend him a section of the newspaper (the financial section, for instance) that you yourself have already read or don't plan to look at.

----If you directly observe actual evidence that any person you know about is possibly or apparently being victimized by one or more felony crimes that are being perpetrated against him by one or more apparent suspects, call 911 or some reputable law-enforcement agency, such as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security or the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the Texas Rangers Division of the Texas Department of Public Safety state agency, to report that crime evidence. Your crime tip report could help to save the life of the cited crime victim!

---When you enter a public restroom that has two toilet stalls, one of them designed to accommodate handicapped persons and the other stall not equipped to serve handicapped persons, make use of the smaller, regular toilet stall if you yourself are not handicapped. This will leave the other toilet stall open for use by a handicapped person.

----Ask each of your closest friends to please tell you their birthdate. That factual information from each of them gives you the opportunity each year to purchase a thoughtful "Happy Birthday" greeting card for each of your closest friends that you can present to them or mail to them in time for their birthday.